Cherry Class (Year 1/2)

Welcome to Cherry Class! It’s a new beginning, which is very exciting! I’m looking forward to getting to know you this term.

Miss Dotchin is your teacher and Mrs Milburn is your teaching assistant. Mrs Hathaway will be teaching you P.E. and Mrs Pilkington will be teaching you Music on Tuesday morning when you work together in your cohorts of Y1 and Y2

As you know reading is so important and we all love reading in school. We would love it if you could support your child in this and listen to them read each night (even two pages if time is an issue)! This helps the children immeasurably in their day to day school work, their communication and comprehension of the world around them. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this.

Our topic this half term is Water Water and we will be learning about the explorers Christopher Columbus and Ernest Shackleton. We will be doing writing based on this topic with a link to History too. We will also be learning performance poetry, such as ‘The Sea,’ by John Foster and writing our own versions. We will also learn a little bit about the poet too. We will be concentrating on simple sentence writing, trying to remember our full stops, capital letters and finger spaces.

In Maths we will be looking at place value making sure we understand what it means to add one more or take away to make it one less. We will meet Crocky the Crocodile who helps us sort out larger numbers from the smaller ones. We will be doing some measuring of length and weighing too. Understanding addition and subtraction will also be a focus with lots of practical activities to aid understanding. Finally, we will take a look at 2D and 3D shape.

In Geography we are learning about the seas and continents in relation to the voyages of Shackleton and Columbus. We will learn to use an Atlas and how to give directions and use compass points.

In Science we will learn about floating and sinking, how to change the state of water and water proofing. We will also learn about the scientist Charles Macintosh.

In R.E. we will be learning about how God created the world. We will also be taking part in the Harvest Festival and learning about themes around this important part of the Church calendar.

In Computing we are developing our skills in using basic direction keys, creating and debugging an algorithm. In Esafety we will be thinking about how we can stay safe online.

In PSHE we are learning about rules, rights and responsibility in terms of our classroom, our wider community and with friends.

In P.E. we will be learning dance with Mrs Hathaway.

In Art we will be learning about the work of Monet, Van Gogh and Hokusai and their creations using water as a theme. In D&T we will think about design and joining techniques when making our own Rainbow Fish. In French we will be learning about and looking at the book Le petit poisson blanc (The Little White Fish).